Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 2/26/12
The Clemson Tigers will have a huge void to fill in the coming season, as junior tight end Dwayne Allen decided to enter the NFL. This article examines the scouting information for Allen heading into next month’s NFL Draft.

Vitals:
Height: 6’4
Weight: 255 Pounds
Position: Tight End
School: Clemson
Class: JR
Birthday: 2/24/1990

Stats and Awards:
Dwayne Allen had his best season at Clemson in 2011, finishing with 50 receptions, 598 receiving yards, and eight touchdowns. Overall, in his three years at Clemson Allen finished with 93 receptions, 1,079 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.
Additionally, in 2011 Allen was named to the Consensus All-America Team, while also winning the John Mackey award for most outstanding tight end.

Strengths:
Allen’s has three assets that make him a great football player, which are his height, his strength, and his good hands. Allen’s height is an asset; because it allows him to pull down passes out of the air, and allows him to stretch out further to catch misguided or low thrown passes.

Allen weights 255 pounds and bench-pressed 225 pounds for an impressive 27 reps at the scouting combine. Allen’s strength allows him to bulldoze through defending tacklers after making catches, allowing him to gain many yards after the catch.

Allen’s hands are an asset because is able to easily guide the football into his hands, and allow him to focus getting down the field.

Weaknesses:
The biggest weakness Allen brings to the table is offensive blocking abilities. Analysts believe that Allen is slow when it comes to getting ready to block once the ball is snapped, and that Allen’s blocking stance will allow him to be easily overpowered by opposing defenses.    

NFL:
The best team for Allen to go to would be the Atlanta Falcons. Current starting tight end Tony Gonzalez is getting closer to retirement, which would give Allen a chance to compete for a starting job. Additionally, Allen looks similar to Gonzalez in his ability to jump up and bring down passes and his ability to make players miss after the catch.

However, Atlanta traded their first round pick in the 2012 Draft, so if they were to get Allen, it would be in the latter part of the second round.

Other teams where Allen might end up are the Miami Dolphins, the Buffalo Bills, or the Seattle Seahawks.

Most likely Allen will be drafted late first round, but definitely before the end of the second round.  

Reference Links:
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